Sunday 17/4/2011 @ 15:30 (GMT+2)
Press conference (Friday)
Opening statement Jupp Heynckes: “Sunday’s game is of high interest to the fans and media. The encounters against Bayern Munich are always exciting, we play in a fantastic stadium against the record champion of Germany. Having such a big lead to Hannover and Bayern and being the best team in this second half of the season, allows us to travel to Munich with a lot of confidence. We are determined to win this match. Of course, Bayern is a strong opponent but my team is in a great shape and has worked well during the week in the training sessions. René Adler and Renato Augusto will also be back with us, that’s excellent news. Fabian Giefer has done a solid job when he played, in fact we haven’t lost with him. But for this kind of match the experience and class of René Adler will be important to succeed.
Question: Will it be difficult for you to fully focus on Bayer Leverkusen, knowing that if your future club loses they will have it difficult to reach the Champions League?
Heynckes: I am an employee of Bayer Leverkusen till the 30/6/2011 and secondly Bayern Munich would sign the wrong coach if I would be thinking in my next club. We want to continue our positive trend. The people who watch me on the training pitch see that my motivation is fully centered around Bayer Leverkusen.
Question: Will Bayern’s change of coach, affect your analysis of the opponent?
Heynckes: Of course a new coach normally makes adjustments in the formation. We will see different players in goal and defensive midfield and can expect a different approach to the match itself. But I know the whole squad of Bayern Munich very well and therefore I don’t think they can surprise me.
Question: Will Ballack take a special role in this match, being the most experienced and an ex-player of Bayern?
Heynckes: Michael has improved his fitness over the last matches and plays now in a position where he can construct our plays. He can transmit his experience and self-confidence to the team on the field. Now that he is fully fit, he is very valuable to us.
Renato Augusto and Adler will return to the starting eleven.
Line-up Bayern (from Kicker):
Butt – Lahm,Breno,Luiz Gustavo,Contento – Tymoshchuk,Schweinsteiger – Hamit Altintop,T. Müller,Ribery – Gomez
The last time Bayer Leverkusen won in Munich was 1989! Time to break this negative record!